Matt Lohry

About Me 

I have had an interest in historic bridges for as long as I can remember. Around my childhood home in St. Louis County, MN, historic truss bridges were as plentiful as one could imagine--now, there are only a few left, and I regret not photographing and documenting many of the structures that have been in existence and have disappeared over the past 21 years that I have been driving. Now, I try to get out and photo-document the bridges that are left in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hennepin and Fillmore counties lead the way in historic bridge quantity in the state, but on the other hand, many counties in the state have no historically valuable bridges at all, which is quite sad.

In addition to bridges, I love classic cars, particularly cars from the late '60's to early '70's cars from the Big 3. I had a 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that I'd owned since 1996, but sold in 2012.

Recent Updates 

BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge (Clay County, South Dakota)
Bridge over Vermillion River on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company
March 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
Narrows Creek Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Truss bridge over Narrows Creek on WI 23/WI 154
February 10, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected all info
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: New photos
Sarpy Creek Bridge (Treasure County, Montana)
Pony truss bridge over Sarpy Creek on CR 011
January 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Warren pony truss with all verticals
Prairie Dog Creek Bridge (Harlan County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Woodruff
December 14, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected state and county per Robert's post
Williams Fork River CR 330 Bridge (Grand County, Colorado)
4-panel Pratt pony truss bridge over Williams Fork River on CR 330
December 12, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type and description.
Platte Purchase Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Cantilever through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Northbound US 69 in Kansas City
December 9, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been replaced.
Warm Springs Road Bridge (Fremont County, Wyoming)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Big Wind River on Airport Rd. (CR 21)
December 7, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status and location--bridge has been replaced.
4th Street Bridge (OLD) (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock River on 4th St.
December 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated county--this location is in Dodge County.
West Swan River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over West Swan River on CR 965
November 21, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows no bridge here
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows an incredible lack
Bear Creek Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Pratt through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been bypassed and left in place.
Ashburn Street Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Root River on MN 250 north of Lanesboro
September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been replaced.
Harvey Mountain Bridge (Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge in Colebrook Lake
September 19, 2016: Added
Knob Road Bridge (Walworth County, Wisconsin)
Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over White River on Knob Road (Abandoned)
September 3, 2016: New photos
Brown Road Bridge (Delaware County, Ohio)
Through truss bridge over Bokes Creek on TR 176
August 23, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
St. Anthony Parkway Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
5-span Warren through truss bridge over BNSF Railroad on St. Anthony Parkway in Minneapolis
August 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been removed
Platte River Bridge (Morrison County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Platte River on CR 353
July 8, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Gone; Morrison County is now truss-free.
Maple Mill Bridge (Washington County, Iowa)
Lost through truss bridge over English River on Fir Avenue
June 16, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New Google Earth imagery shows this bridge lying in a pile with a lot of debris piled up on its west side
Freedom Bridge (Carroll County, Indiana)
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over IN-25 (Hoosier Heartland Highway) on the Monon High Bridge Trail
May 20, 2016: New Street View added
Rush River Bridge (Pierce County, Wisconsin)
Lost Riveted Parker through truss bridge over Rush River on US 63
May 18, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
UP/Cedar Lake Trail - MN100 Overpasses (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost steel stringer bridge over Mn 100 on UP RR/Cedar Lake Bike Trail
April 27, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridges have both been replaced
Washita River OK 19 Bridge (Garvin County, Oklahoma)
Lost through truss bridge over Washita River on OK 19 in Pauls Valley
April 19, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--bridge has been replaced
Sheboygan River Bridge (Sheboygan County, Wisconsin)
Concrete T-beam bridge over Sheboygan River on Lrd Alpine Road
April 11, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge type--this is a concrete T-beam bridge.
BNSF - Swinomish Channel Bridge (Skagit County, Washington)
Warren through truss w/ all verticals bridge over Swinomish Channel on Railroad
April 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: New Street View added
Chickaloon Branch Road Bridge (Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska)
Wooden Howe through truss
March 31, 2016: Added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: New Street View added
Sun Valley Parkway Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Ice Age/Badger State Trail on Sun Valley Parkway
March 26, 2016: Added
Dyreson Road Bridge (Dane County, Wisconsin)
Pinned Pratt through truss bridge over Yahara River on E. Dyreson Road
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge is now open
Milwaukee River Bridge (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Milwaukee River on Green Bay Street (WI 33) in Saukville
March 25, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss type
Oconto River Bridge (Oconto County, Wisconsin)
Lost Continuous pony truss bridge over Oconto River on WI 32
December 7, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
Cosumnes River Pedestrian Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Timber 3-span continuous Warren through truss bridge over Cosumnes River on Pedestrian Path
December 5, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected truss type--this is NOT a bowstring truss bridge.
Lowry Avenue Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Basket-handle arch bridge over Mississippi River on CR 153 (Lowry Avenue)
November 14, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Removed "New" from title to group it with the others in the listings
CN - Black Bridge (Portage County, Wisconsin)
Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Wisconsin River on Canadian National Railway
November 8, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This is actually a Polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals.
BNSF - I&M Canal Bridge (Will County, Illinois)
Baltimore through truss bridge over I&M Canal on BNSF Railway in Joliet
November 4, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Almost a subdivided Warren...almost, but not quite. This is a Baltimore through truss.
Black River Bridge (Clark County, Wisconsin)
Lost 2-span continuous Warren pony truss bridge over Black River on CTH OO
November 2, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Yellow River Bridge (Wood County, Wisconsin)
Parker through truss bridge over Yellow River on WI 13/WI 73
November 2, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Gone--replaced by ugly, nasty UCEB
LAMMSCAPES Highway Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Private Drive
October 24, 2015: New photos
LAMMSCAPES Railroad Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Double-intersection Warren pony truss bridge over Cedar Creek on Private Drive
October 24, 2015: New photos
Embarrass River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Pony truss bridge over Embarrass River on CR 796
August 31, 2015: New photos
Marsh River Bridge (Norman County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren Pony truss bridge over Marsh River on 240th Street
August 12, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status according to forum post
Kelly Creek Bridge (Ford County, Illinois)
Lost Through truss bridge over Kelly Creek on E3000N Rd
August 11, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been removed according to forum post and Google Earth
Sauk Creek Bridge (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin)
Pony truss bridge over Sauk Creek on Acess Road in Port Washington
June 21, 2015: New photos
Higginsville Road Bridge (Oneida County, New York)
Pinned 10-panel Parker through truss bridge over Erie Barge Canal on Higginsville Road
May 30, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge type--this is a Parker, not a Pennsylvania.
Red Cedar River Bridge (Dunn County, Wisconsin)
Peair of lost deck truss bridges over Red Cedar River on I-94 in Menomonie
May 22, 2015: Updated by Matt Lohry: These bridges no longer exist.

Recent Comments 

Re: Something to panic the public
Posted March 7, 2017

As I looked at the numbers of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges in the article behind the link, I noticed something--these numbers only confirm what we've been saying on Bridgehunter for years! Here's what I mean...

The numbers for structurally deficient (SD) vs. functionally obsolete (FO) bridges by percentage of total bridges for three regions are shown in the article as follows:

Boston: 11.7% SD, 54.5% FO

Schuylkill County, PA: 34.6% SD, 10.2% FO

Nemaha County, NE: 54.6% SD, 1.6% FO

The way I see it, as the percentage of functionally obsolete bridges decreases, the percentage of structurally deficient bridges increases...so, since functionally obsolete bridges are purely a result of age, the areas with higher percentages of functionally obsolete bridges mainly feature OLD bridges--as bridges are replaced with modern bridges, the FO percentage drops--but, since the SD percentage sharply increases with these FO percentage drops, that simply proves the notion that old bridges were built to last, while newer bridges are built with poor quality and deteriorate much faster. This makes perfect sense to me! Anyone else see this?

Main Street Bridge (Pennsylvania)
Posted February 28, 2017
Posted February 24, 2017

I daresay this bridge and the bridge next to it are both doomed--GE satellite imagery shows a new alignment with new bridges being built right next to these.

Posted February 16, 2017

The newest GE satellite view (3/28/2016) shows the old bridge still sitting on the south side of the road, just east of the new eyesore. It blends in with the trees almost perfectly, but once you see it, it's easy to spot.

Posted February 16, 2017

I've even seen that minor roadway cracking that happens to be on a bridge deck surface can render it as "structurally deficient". It does not say "structurally unsafe". As Nathan and Robert pointed out, it simply means that the bridge needs some sort of repair. When the sufficiency percentage falls below a certain point, the status becomes "structurally deficient". I don't know what that number is. In contrast, "functionally obsolete" does NOT mean structurally deficient--this simply means that the design of the bridge does not meet current FHA/DOT standards. Such factors as low overhead clearance, narrow lane widths, or lack of shoulders can be determining factors of functional obsolescence. A bridge can be in perfect structural condition and still be considered functionally obsolete.

Posted January 6, 2017

The shadows appear to indicate a 3-panel half-hip Pratt pony, very similar to this one in Washington County, Wisconsin:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/washington/bh62241/

Posted December 30, 2016

After looking at the Google Earth Street View, this is the correct bridge shown in the photos, and the line is most definitely abandoned, per the satellite view. It is possible that the pony plate span was refurbished shortly prior to its closure, making it appear to be newer.

Posted December 9, 2016

As of December 9, 2016, the main spans and northern approaches have now been demolished...the rest is to be blown up after the 1st of the year.

Posted December 7, 2016

According to historical GE imagery, it looks like late 2010 was the date--there appears to be a temporary bypass in place in the Sept. 2010 imagery.

Posted December 6, 2016

It looks like the deck and original flooring system were scrapped too, at least if this was originally a lattice girder--if it were to function as a true girder bridge, the bottom chord of the lattice should be below the deck, and there should be lateral floor beams to support the deck. The existing deck is much thicker than the original would have been, and the bottom chord is above the deck. My guess is this was done at the same time that the diagonals and center support were added.

Posted October 21, 2016

There are wingwalls visible if you turn the clock back on GE a few years; it looks pretty overgrown on the current satellite view. Pretty sure it's there though. It's only 22 feet long, so probably pretty easy to overlook.

Posted October 5, 2016

The latest GE imagery shows that there is still one span left; it's on the edge of the tree line on the west side of the river, about 500 feet north of the road. Only the span on the east side of the river has been removed.

Posted October 4, 2016

Well, so much for this one--the tee-beam is the last one. I'm sure it will be pointlessly and wastefully demolished soon as well.

Posted September 21, 2016

Wow, a plain stringer bridge with ugly Armco railings, and a Wal-mart MOB pedestrian bridge right next to it--how utterly scenic!

Posted September 19, 2016

I wasn't sure if Chester has an account, so I took the liberty of adding. This is a great find! We may have to get James (or someone who knows how) to move his photo to the page, if Chester would allow.